A Friend In God

The Lord is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.

Psalm 145:17-18

While thumbing through my favorite book, I came across a prayer card I’d forgotten about. I picked up this homemade creation at a craft sale some time ago. The anonymous prayer featured on the card expresses the sentiments of one who wishes each of us to experience God as powerfully as he does. This prayer does not ask that others are blessed with a keen knowledge of church teaching or of the scriptures or of theology. Though these are all good places to seek some understanding of God, this prayer asks that we sense God’s presence not only with our psyches but with our hearts as well. It seems to me that this prayer’s author knows God in the same way that he knows his closest friends. What is more is that God seems to reciprocate this relationship in very tangible ways.

I have taken that prayer card from my book and given it a new home on my dresser. Each morning, it reminds me to pray for the people I have been given to love and for me -that each of us will see God with the open and loving eyes of this prayer’s author. I can think of nothing better for any of us than to truly understand with our heads and our hearts that God loves us passionately and remains with us always.

Dear God, thank you for showing yourself to us in so many ways. Please, reveal your friendship so unmistakably that we cannot miss your presence around us and within us.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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